Finding the Way: Voice and the Writer of Colour: Award-winning writer Courttia Newland grants us special access into his manifesto of exploring fictional voice and celebrating self-expression in the work of British writers of colour.
Join us for what is sure to be a mesmerising performance by poet Anthony Anaxagorou
Industry professionals from specialist publishers including Jacaranda, OWN IT! and Darf Books discuss their work, what they look for when seeking new talent, and their visions of what lies ahead, in a discussion facilitated by the founder of The Jelli Books.
Something a bit different. We celebrate the extraordinary work of upcoming British short story writers in our secret session!
Don't miss this exclusive performance by JJ Bola of poems from his latest collection of poetry. WORD published in 2015 explores themes of Black masculinity, patriarchy, immigration/otherness as it relates to Blackness, Black culture as resistance, empowerment and changing the narrative. The performance will be followed by a discussion with co-founder of pan African initiative Writivism and lecturer in Law and Human rights, Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire.
Join us for an exclusive panel on second generation poets in exile, chaired by Malika Booker, award-winning poet and founder of the writers collective Malika’s Kitchen. The panel features internationally celebrated poet Jane Yeh, London’s Young Poet Laureate Selina Nwulu, spoken word artists and poets Khairani Barokka and Dean Atta.
Enter a space of unfettered imagination as novelists Tendai Huchu and Zen Cho are joined by fiction writers Haris Durrani and Tosin Coker, in an exclusive discussion chaired by genealogist Patrick Vernon OBE on Speculative Fiction, Sci-fi and Afrofuturism.
Join emerging poet Hibaq Osman, author of the pamphlet A Silence You Can Carry, and acclaimed novelist Selma Dabbagh, Out Of It, for a conversation on themes surrounding identity, the healing process, and idealism.
Can Literature liberate? This five-panel discussion will see non-fiction writers and fiction writers in conversation to explore what role literature has in politics, personal exploration, equality and justice. Highly anticipated guests include Leila Aboulela, Robin Yassin Kassab, Radhika Swarup, Sareeta Domingo and Joan Anim-Addo.